UFC on Fox 12 Results: 4 Fights for Anthony Johnson to Take Next
On Saturday night at UFC on Fox 12, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson absolutely dominated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Johnson rocked Nogueira early and followed up with several uppercuts against the cage, winning the fight by TKO just 44 seconds into the first round.
Johnson is now 2-0 since returning to the UFC, with a decision victory over Phil Davis and the TKO over Nogueira.
Johnson has faced only one person in the top 15 of the light heavyweight division, so there are a lot of interesting fights for him to take next. Let's check out four possible options.
Dan Henderson is the former Pride welterweight and middleweight champion, and is currently a light heavyweight contender in UFC.
Henderson is just 1-4 in his last five, dropping decisions to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, while being knocked out by Vitor Belfort and submitted by Daniel Cormier. His lone win was a third-round TKO over Mauricio Rua.
Henderson's career is likely winding down, but he still has a lot of fight left. A fight with Rumble gives him a chance to get back on track, while providing Rumble a chance to earn a huge name for his résumé.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is another interesting choice for Johnson. Shogun is a former UFC light heavyweight champion and former Pride Middleweight Grand Prix champion.
In his last five fights, Shogun has gone 2-3, with a decision loss to Alexander Gustafsson, a submission loss to Chael Sonnen and a TKO loss to Dan Henderson. His two wins in that time frame have been knockouts over Brandon Vera and James Te-Huna.
Shogun is another legend in the sport and represents another huge fight for Rumble to take next. Shogun is a high-level striker, and a fight with Rumble would give both a chance to prove where they belong in the division.
Glover Teixeira has been in the UFC since May 2012, and in six fights with the organization he has gone 5-1 with four finishes.
His most recent fight came in April against Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title. Jones would take the decision, winning all five rounds on all three judges' scorecards.
Teixeira has faced, and beaten, Ryan Bader, Quinton Jackson, James Te-Huna and more. He is currently ranked No. 4 in the division.
Teixeira may already have his next fight, as it was reported that he has verbally agreed to face Phil Davis. But if that fight doesn't happen, a bout with Rumble would be a chance for either to make their case for a title shot.
Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux Winner
On Aug. 16, two of the younger guys in the division will face off as The Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Ryan Bader takes on Strikeforce veteran Ovince St. Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 47.
Bader comes into the fight on a two-fight win streak, with decision victories over Anthony Perosh and Rafael Cavalcante. Bader also submitted Vladimir Matyushenko in the first minute of the first round in January 2013.
He has shown in the past that he is susceptible to being knocked out, so he would have to be especially careful in a fight against Anthony Johnson.
St. Preux is on a five-fight win streak, including all four of his fights in UFC. During his current streak, he has finished four of his last five opponents and has earned one Performance of the Night bonus for his first-round submission over Nikita Krylov.
Since 2009, the only person to defeat St. Preux has been the No. 7 middleweight, Gegard Mousasi, which he did by unanimous decision.
St. Preux has never been stopped with strikes, and the lone TKO loss on his record came due to a cut early in the second round. A fight with St. Preux would be good for Rumble because scoring the first knockout over someone is usually a huge statement. For St. Preux, it would give him a chance to prove he belongs in the top ten, maybe even the top five of the division.